Before planning to become a freelancer, and definitely before planning to leave your job, you need to sit down and ask yourself: is freelancing right for me? Here are some questions that might help you decide.
Do you get lonely easily?
If you’re going to be working from home, freelancing can get lonely sometimes. If you are someone who constantly needs people around you, I would suggest finding a co-working space of coffee shop in your city and work from there.
Are you willing to learn?
There is so much free advice available on the internet. From freelancing advice to Photoshop tutorials. Are you willing to learn more about your trade? And most importantly – will you put what you have learnt to use? So many people buy expensive courses, only to never use it.
Are you focused?
Will you be able to handle more than one project at a time? Will you be able to meet deadlines on your own? There’s not going to be someone to remind you of your duties every day. You will need to keep to-do lists and planners to stay organised.
Are you a self-starter?
Can you start something on your own? Or do you need a boss to tell you what to do? If there isn’t any work coming in you will need to find ways to get new clients. And if you’re a new designer you will need to create self-initiated projects to fill up your portfolio.
Are you a hard worker?
This is probably a rhetorical question. Everyone thinks they work hard. But freelancers Work. Really. Hard. Some stay up late to finish a client project. Some create passive income for themselves. I’m not saying you have to work late to be a successful freelancer, but if the thought of hard work scares you, freelancing might not be right for you.
Now it’s your turn. What other questions must one ask oneself before becoming a freelancer?